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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publication date: July 15th 2014
by Sourcebooks Fire

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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.
-A copy was provided by Sourcebooks Fire for review-

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of this series. With every new book I fall a little bit more in love with this town and its characters, which I thought was impossible by now. What I appreciate the most is how even though it’s a series, each book is a stand-alone with new main characters who tell us their story, and if you have read the others, you get a kick out of the familiar faces that return for secondary roles. I love hearing what Jordan and the others are up to, and they’re all so grown up now *sniff*.

In Breathe, Annie, Breathe, we meet a girl who’s dealing with grief and self-blame after the death of her boyfriend. A boyfriend she knew she was eventually going to call her husband; a boy with whom she spent the last few years of her life, with whom she was making plans for the future. And suddenly, he was gone. As I’ve come to expect from Miranda, the character development is flawless, turning these people into more than just words on a page. She doesn’t need to use emotional manipulation tactics, this is not some cheap emotional roller-coaster, the story is written with such authenticity that you come to focus on the hope, the light at the end of the tunnel, the fact that Annie is going to get through this. Her inner turmoil becomes your own, making you wholeheartedly invested in her story. In turn, you see how incredibly strong she is. You feel her determination, her need to finish this marathon because Kyle can’t. It makes you root for her with your whole being. It’s about much more than the empty hole that has settled in her heart. As such, and as usual, it remains a feel-good read despite the darkness surrounding it.

Another wonderful aspect of this series is its sports-oriented stories. The atmosphere and team dynamics they bring to the series are like no other. We’ve seen football, soft ball, soccer, and horse racing, and now we’re onto running. Being a lazy bum, I had no idea what it took to train for a marathon, and man is it ever hard! It takes some serious self discipline and dedication. It’s also not as solitary as I had thought; having a team to support and motivate you is a key part of making it to the finish line. The people Annie meets while running, along with her school friends, make for a colorful supporting cast. I loved how they all had individual story arcs that were like a natural part of this story. From romantic troubles to big life decisions to general quirkiness, the series simply would not be the same without its secondary roles – especially when some of them were main characters in prior books.

Another ongoing theme of this series is the romance, with each book being ultimately about a budding relationship, and finding love unexpectedly. This time our love interest is Jeremiah, an adrenaline junkie with an infinite amount of charm and an adorable personality (he’s also Matt’s younger brother from book 3). As usual, the connection between them is very real and very easily felt. You can all but touch the chemistry that’s sizzling between the two. And although it’s not an annoying hot-and-cold romance, they do have a few obstacles to work through. Annie’s still not over her grief, for one, and she’s deathly afraid of losing someone else – which is not a great combination with his daredevil ways. The genuine quality of the romance always gets me in this series. It’s just so honest, so real.

So… yeah, Miranda has done it again, and I think she should continue to bring it until the end of times. I want to read these books until I’m old and toothless. And I think you should all join me! 😉

5 Stars
5 Hot Espressos

Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Posted by on 07/14/2014 • 23 Comments

Miranda Kenneally has done it again folks! I always know that when I pick up a book by Kenneally that I am in for a fair amount of swooning, but I have to say that with Breathe, Annie, Breathe I got even more than I could have expected. Full of wonderful characters, a swoon-inducing romance and a full range of emotion, I think this is the best in the Hundred Oaks series yet!

In the fifth instalment in the series we are introduced to Annie who has recently lost her long term boyfriend and is now training to run a marathon in his honour. What I’m sure you can gather from this already is: SPORTS! Yes, while previous books featured football, baseball and even horseback riding this book tackles running….

Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Posted by on 11/12/2013 • 18 Comments

I’ve come to expect a super sweet, romantic, and character oriented read when I pick up a Kenneally book and this is, again, exactly what I got from Racing Savannah. This one has its own charm that separated it from the others as it’s kind of like the “new generation” of this series. We see glimpses of our beloved characters from the other books who have now gotten a bit older and their relationships are moving ahead which was very exciting to see, and bittersweet because it made me miss them! 🙂

This time our wonderful protagonist is Savannah. She has a passion for horse racing – well horses in general – and a take-no-crap attitude that I loved. As a girl, she unfortunately get the expected chuckles and odd…

Things I Can’t Forget Tour: Review + Giveaway

Posted by on 02/26/2013 • 151 Comments

Today I’m kicking off the Things I Can’t Forget blog tour that will run from Feb 26th to March 19th! You will find my review below, and then a pretty fab giveaway that you cannot miss!

Things I Can’t Forget Miranda Kenneally Series: Hundred Oaks, #3Genre:YA ContemporaryPublication date: March 1st 2013by Sourcebooks Fire

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s…

Stealing Parker Tour Stop: Review & Giveaway

Posted by on 09/27/2012 • 29 Comments

Stealing ParkerMiranda KenneallyPublication date: October 1st 2012by Sourcebooks Fire

 

Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan’s Hundred Oaks High.

After a scandal rocks their conservative small town, 17-year-old Parker Shelton goes overboard trying to prove that she won’t turn out like her mother: a lesbian. The all-star third-baseman quits the softball team, drops 20 pounds and starts making out with guys–a lot. But hitting on the hot new assistant baseball coach might be taking it a step too far…especially when he starts flirting back.

*A copy was provided by Miranda Kenneally for review purposes*

Catching Jordan was one of my favourite books of last year, so when I heard of another novel by Miranda I had really high hopes…

Blogoversary Day 4: Author & Publisher Love

Posted by on 09/12/2012 • 27 Comments

Where would we be without authors? Without publishers? Do I even dare picture such a life? *faints dramatically*. Today, on the 4th day of my blogoversary celebration week, I’m going to talk about these wonderful people who let us experience worlds beyond our own. Really, it’s just a big blah blah post about being starstruck by authors and publishers! Starstruck Like probably a lot of you, I felt very intimidated by authors and publishers when I started blogging. To me, authors have always been superstars. I’m not saying this to flatter — although I do love to flatter authors I love — but for a girl from a small town Canada where no big authors ever come for signings, I was very starstruck from the whole idea of communicating with…

Cover Reveal: Stealing Parker, Return to Eden, Until Next Time & The Unnaturalists

Posted by on 01/07/2012 • 23 Comments

Stealing ParkerMiranda KenneallyRelease date: October 2012by Sourcebooks Fire

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About a 17-year-old girl named Parker who falls for the new 23-year-old coach of the baseball team.

Companion to CATCHING JORDAN.

Books by Miranda Kenneally:  Return to Eden (The Soulkeepers, #3)G.P. Ching Release date: Winter, 2012 Add it to your Goodreads

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The Soulkeepers Series:

Until Next Time Amy Lignor Release date: February 1st, 2012 by Tribute Books Add it to your Goodreads

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the…

Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Posted by on 11/28/2011 • 40 Comments

Catching JordanMiranda Kenneally Release date: December 1st, 2011by Sourcebooks Fire

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What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though – she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team… and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

*A copy was provided by Sourcebooks for review purposes* What did I think of Catching Jordan? Umm.. well.. it was FREAKING AMAZING! There…